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Tip Sheet for the week of May 7, 2007

RELEASED: May 7, 2007

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The Foodlums, a newly established campus club, will inaugurate its new garden at 2 p.m. May 8 in the Phillips Science Hall Courtyard. Club members are turning the courtyard into a productive agro-ecological space to promote local foods. The May 8 event will introduce the club and its efforts to students, faculty and staff, local business owners and community members. Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich will be among those speaking at the event. There also will be a seed sowing and plant transplanting ceremony, followed by a reception. The Foodlums grew out of a "Geography of Food" course taught by Dr. Paul Kaldjian, associate professor of geography. Students wanted to expand and act on what they'd studied in the class. The goals of the club, which has more than 30 members, are to promote healthy and responsible eating, educate members and others about the benefits of local foods, and raise student and community interest in and awareness of food systems. The club intends to sponsor activities such as lectures and events; encourage creative and realistic alternatives to unsustainable food systems; and create service opportunities in the Eau Claire community. During May, the club will sell locally produced, composted cow manure at the Eau Claire Farmers' Market to raise money to promote home-grown food and composting in the Phillips courtyard. For details, contact Kaldjian at 715-836-3244 or kaldjian@uwec.edu or Dylan Thomas, student president of the Foodlums, at 507-450-4473 or thomasdp@uwec.edu.

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Building more respectful, effective and successful workplaces is the focus of an interactive conference that will run from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 9 at Action City in Eau Claire. During "GEN-CON 2007: Bridge the Gap" generational groups will identify ways to complement one another in work settings, management styles, values, communication and digital information. The conference, directed by Gen X individuals from several area organizations, is designed for employers, managers and employees of all ages. For details, contact Ann Rupnow at 715-836-5811 or rupnowac@uwec.edu.

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Katherine Rhoades, the first dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences, will retire after this semester. Rhoades has served as dean since the college was created during a campus re-organization in 2004. A search is under way to hire a new dean. To discuss her career at UW-Eau Claire, contact Rhoades at 715-836-3671 or rhoadeka@uwec.edu.

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Bands will play from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. every day this week on the Central Campus Mall as part of SpringFest.

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The Chippewa Valley Nurses Walk will begin at 6 p.m. May 9 in Putnam Park. The event is a way to honor the profession of nursing during Nurses Week. Participants will begin their walk outside the Nursing Building on UW-Eau Claire's lower campus.

Calendar
Spring 2007 classes will end Friday, May 11 . Final exams will begin Monday, May 14.

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